Valedictorian Speech

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Okay, so you think this is going to start down Memory Lane on my first day of school. Or the first camp I went to. Or the first teacher I had. No. this is going to start where it all ends. Or where we think it ends. So let me start by telling you that my time at Moonee Ponds Primary School has been…well, nobody could have asked for better. Mishaps came along the way, but I can definitely tell you that there were more great days than bad.

You don’t realise it at first, but school teaches you some of the most important things in life. Yes, I agree, knowing your times tables and remembering to put a full stop at the end of a sentence is important. But there are other things that are more important. Love, friendship. And friendship is what I have learnt at Moonee Ponds.

I feel that I have learnt lots about friendships and got to know my friends. In my group we understand each other and respect each other the way we are. We accept each other. We are always there for each other and help and talk about our problems. Being at school has helped me develop friendships strong enough that I will most likely cry on the last day of term. Friendships strong enough to stay together once we depart Moonee Ponds Primary School forever.

I think that primary school has also helped me find what I like doing and discover the topics and subjects I am interested in. Since grade 3, I have always been interested in science, especially in space and the universe. Just to think that there is so much out there that we don’t even know. The curiosity of humans goes further and further every day because in this case, knowledge is power. Do we have to have a reason why? Why do we want to know? Who knows? Will we ever know? The fascination of what’s out there just makes me so curious. And some day, I want to be somebody, discover what’s out there and the mystery of the universe. Although I never learnt about astronomy in school I learnt chemistry, my other most favourite topic in science.

Trying Gala sports for the first time last year has made a big impact and decision on one of the things I would like to do in high school. When I first played softball, it was difficult, but overtime I learnt the rules and became a better player, because as you all should know, practice makes perfect. This year I stepped up to become the captain of the softball team. It was a new experience for me but I had fun the whole way through.

The main role that I have taken up that has boosted my confidence and made me a better public speaker was definitely being school captain. It was a big role for me to take on but I learnt so much along the way that it definitely changed me in the way I act and speak.  Before I took up the role, I used to get really nervous but now I can get up and talk in front of an audience. Although, as far as nervous goes, that feeling doesn’t go away every time you do an assembly. But each time it does gets easier.

So this speech didn’t include my first day of school, although I remember it, or the first camp I went to, although that was fun, and it didn’t include my teacher I had in prep either. It started where it all ends. Or where we think it ends. Where we think we stop seeing our friends and do more homework. But it doesn’t end. Because this is the beginning of something new.